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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Yay!

An even shittier version of Amazon Video with ads? Sign me up!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Good

I'm sure that Destroy All Monsters and Matt Bryant will be along shortly to tell me how wrong I am, but this is exactly the sort of thing that union representation is for: collective bargaining on behalf of an unskilled or semi-skilled workforce. I hope that it signals a boost in the visibility of unionization throughout Silicon Valley, the USA, and the world. Workers, especially workers with limited means and education, deserve the power that unionization and collective bargaining agreements bring them. It's time for the power of unions to rebound and spread throughout the world.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Most people . . . apart from hipsters and the elderly.

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: Not so much getting a little more American as...

Because a) they wouldn't be able to afford it and b) if they could, it would have been stolen along with everything else from the looted corpse. Also, c) the coffee shop was looted and burned years ago.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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Re: You've missed the point

What's needed is some sort of head-mounted induction plate so you can charge the phone while you're talking on the phone. It might make your head warm, but that could be a feature!

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Through the Looking Glass: Vulture pecks at software-defined storage

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Weasel words

How can you tell when a storage vendor is lying? When the spokesman's lips are moving.

This artificial distinction between "software-based" and "software-defined" is a case in point. It serves no purpose but to muddy the waters. Most storage arrays offer programmatic or API-level access; the question is, what is the hardware dependency? To my mind, "software-defined" means that the logical units of storage (volumes, containers, whatever) and any higher-level storage functions are governed by a control plane that is not dependent on a particular vendor's hardware, so I can drop the control software in a VM or on white box hardware and manipulate vendor-independent storage with it instead of having to pay for a particular array. That's it. Obviously, the individual vendors want to define "software-defined" as whatever suits their needs. (Now, one could argue that Nutanix is not SDS on that basis, and I would say that it falls into a gray area, where the storage is technically software-defined but tied to a particular vendor's architecture.)

Personally, I could give a rat's ass, I just want the vendors to be up-front with their product's limitations. I'm filled to the brim with storage buyer's remorse, so they can all die in a fire as far as I'm concerned (with one notable exception, who I won't name so as not to be called a shill by the usual suspects).

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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SV problems

The problem is not just one of income disparity (software engineers, CEOs, and other tech employees receiving orders of magnitude more income than workers in other fields), although that issue is significant, it's one of outflow. Because the Silicon Valley economy has so many highly-paid employees in tech and related fields (e.g., IP lawyers), prices for all goods rise. The well-to-do don't feel those price rises especially, but the people barely scraping by definitely do. Housing tops the list by a country mile, but the issue with housing is not just one of income disparity (demand), it's also a question of supply. San Francisco proper exists within a 49 square mile grid, and there's a limit to how much it even can be built up, to say nothing of all the issues caused by anti-growth crusaders. South of San Francisco, however, dwellers on the Peninsula and in the South Bay have made themselves a big part of the problem. From South San Francisco to San Jose, try finding more than a handful of residential buildings outside of downtown San Jose that are taller than three stories. Housing in and for the Valley has been artificially constrained by growth limits, while demand continues to grow, both in terms of population and income, meaning that there's no choice but for housing costs to spiral ever upward. It's all well and good to claim that someone should build more housing (and more housing is constantly being built), but the anti-growth laws on the books throughout the Bay Area are ruinous for the poor.

If the tech CEOs really want to do something helpful, they can lean on the mayors and city councils throughout the Bay Area to remove growth limits and fund improved public transportation. Rather than contributing handouts, they can contribute political will and financial capital towards fixing the one dominant issue that makes the Bay Area so expensive. They can also pay their damn taxes.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: If a service is free...

Free . . . you mean like The Register?

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: The questions of communications

. . . resulting, presumably, in an uptick in the sales of short range cellular jammers.

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SkyHawk array swoops down, 136TB claws extended

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You're kidding

"The company has recently changed its CEO to Frankie Roohparvar, with co-founder Radoslav Danilak giving up that position to become the CTO."

Chris, don't lie: you just made those names up to see if we're paying attention.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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How else would you construct that sentence:

". . . ever to leave in the back of a truck a Samsung assembly plant"? Awkward.

". . . ever to leave, in the back of a truck, a Samsung assembly plant"? Even more awkward.

". . . ever to leave a Samsung assembly plant, in the back of a truck"? Incorrect use of a dependent clause.

For anyone with even the minutest grasp of context, the sentence is perfectly clear. You could, I suppose, write "ever to depart a Samsung assembly plant in the back of a truck," but the assiduous pedant will still find a way to misconstrue it.

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Re: Natterbox

Who?

(My point with that snide response being that it's not major news when some no-name company cranks out a niche piece of technology; it is major news when, say, Apple does it.)

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Re: Not Apple's faust

Actually, this is precisely Apple's Faust. They've chosen to deal with the devil (B of A), and exchanged their soul for wealth and power. When you sup with the devil, make sure you dine with a long spoon.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Yes, he was trying to say, "Don't worry your pretty little heads about asking for raises. The men above you will let you know what you're worth."

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Meh

And we care because . . . ?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Re: Good on him

Well, right now, his chances are somewhere south of 1 in 300 million, so he must be very cautious indeed if he's concerned about danger to himself!

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Re: Pff

Maybe, just maybe, he asked the CDC how much they needed, and that's the number they gave him. Or, possibly, he used some other algorithm. Given, as posted above, he's donating more than many entire governments, I'd say it's still generous. Also, perhaps by making an announcement, he's hoping to motivate others to donate as well.

No, you're right, the only possible answer is that it's self-aggrandizement.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: The world is filled with people who don't have any real work to do, ...

"I'm LEAVING the internet as fast as I can"

Clearly not fast enough . . .

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Re: sentient fridge

"Well, I can see this relationship is something we're all going to have to work at."

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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I'm grateful for this article . . .

. . . it gave me a chance to downvote Matt Bryant a bunch more. I'd previously skipped the porta-potty article altogether.

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Gridstore bigs up hyper-converged box: Our storage nodes 'know' what Hyper-V needs

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Hyper-V

Is anyone running Hyper-V at a scale where this would be useful? I'm genuinely curious; I've never met anyone running Hyper-V for more than proof-of-concept (and then discarding it).

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PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

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I'll take my best shot

I am not a network engineer, but I'll take my best shot. IP (Internet Protocol) is basically Layer 3 of the OSI model, which means it can run on top of Ethernet (or whatever your data link protocol is), and it can carry anything from higher up the networking stack. In practice, there are some additional complexities with higher-level protocols and applications, especially those that use IP addresses instead of host names, but a lot of applications should just work. The biggest problem is getting a significant chunk of network infrastructure to run IPv6. Not only does the protocol itself need to be deployed, but addressing schemes need to be vetted, routing and firewall rules implemented, and all the inevitable snafus need to be ironed out. Logistically, it's a significant challenge, probably more than it is a technical one, and it involves a tremendous amount of time and expense, and it requires IPv6 expertise that is not very widespread at the moment, which means that more mistakes than normal will be made along the way, resulting in reputational damage to the implementers.

Beyond all of that, there are plenty of endpoints that either don't run IPv6 still (think: printers) or run it poorly (Windows XP), which means that ISPs and other network providers will need to run in a hybrid mode, employing NAT or protocol tunneling, to support the legacy protocol until the final consumers make the migration. Which, of course, means that the consumers need to be educated and migrated, not so bad when you have a well-educated user base (or at least a captive and docile one), but daunting when you consider how many users will need to be wrangled into compliance and how few of them will even understand why.

So, it's not quite as hard as rebuilding the Internet, but it's still no small task.

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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

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No.

"And we tend to be a lot more tolerant of such disruptive and potentially destructive upgrades. Architecturally, as we move to more storage-as-software as opposed to being software wrapped in hardware, this is going to be more common, and we are going to have design infrastructure and applications to cope with this."

If a storage vendor tells me that their upgrade is data-destructive, I'll be planning my transition to a new vendor; that's how I'll deal with it architecturally.

Not to go off on a tangent, but the "software-defined" moniker is somewhat misleading. All advanced storage and networking (anything beyond a JBOD or network hub) relies on software to get its job done. The real shift is towards software that doesn't rely on a particular fixed set of hardware to get its job done, a shift which is mostly complete except in the storage world (and, arguably, in core Layer 2/3 networking, where dedicated hardware is still sensible). What the storage vendors are grappling with, more than anything else, is how to hold onto their ludicrous margins in an industry where so much other hardware is commodity.

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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Re: The Rover is more turtle than hare

No, just using the wrong icon. -->

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Feminist math

"I don't need citations. I have first hand experience."

"Data" is not the plural of "anecdote." My experience teaches me that Reg commentards are a bunch of whiny little crybabies who can't deal with the remotest possibility that a woman might have authority or competence, but I don't generalize my experience to all men.

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Re: Feminist math

I figured that some cretinous MRA would pop in here, and I could have guessed it would have been you. In re: all of your baseless assertions:

[citation needed]

Difficulty: must be a reputable source. I won't hold my breath.

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AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

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Re: Oh dear....

One what, one continent, Congresscritter, replacement clone body? I'm dying to know!

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Don't mention Ghost

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/06/23/hot-future-girl-can-stay

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Yay

Came for the privileged white males complaining about how oppressive feminism is, leaving . . . unsurprised.

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VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

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Re: Why did they do this?

"vSphere 6 fixes all this."

I'll believe it when I see it.

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Pop-up ad man: SORRY we made such a 'hated tool', netizens

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Re: Karma remains balanced

"And someone else invented the AdBlock detector so pages won't display unless it is disabled."

Making it very easy to avoid the page altogether.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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"Because there is no good reason not to use 8."

Except for the user interface. And software compatibility issues.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Re: Kick in the nuts

Try supporting the environment yourself and see how well you do. (I say this as someone who was awoken before 6:00 AM today to resolve a problem with house-of-cards code written by an ex-contractor, for which the apparent key dependency is a human constantly monitoring execution and providing workarounds as needed when it fails.)

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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Here it comes . . .

. . . Lotus Notes for iOS. I expect the weeping and gnashing of teeth to begin anon!

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You don't need a HERO, you need a ZERO. From Google

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These are geeks . . .

"The group's manifesto is about as difficult to disagree with as . . . regular showers . . ."

So, highly objectionable to the geek community, then?

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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@NomNomNom Re: she might have been hoping to get him hooked on heroin

Well played, sir. Well played.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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Divide and conquer

So, basically, Amazon is trying to drive a wedge between the authors and their publisher by "offering the possibility" of 100% royalties. Fortunately, authors as a class tend not to be deeply stupid and so hopefully will see through this clumsy, offensive ruse.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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'Linux Journal, which the code calls an "extremist forum"' . . .

Sounds about right to me.

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Google BLOCKS access to Goldman client-leak email

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Re: "avoid reputational damage to Goldman Sachs"

Google "vampire squid" and get back to us.

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Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

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Re: Hang on a minute…

"Surely Cisco didn't do the dimwitted thing of embedding both keys?!"

Signs point to yes. At a guess, the private key is embedded in the management software and can be activated to log into the various other components of the Unified Communications kit, presumably without prompting for a password just for extra fail.

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Re: Tom Bollox WTF?

Oh, Matt, thank you for being so very predictable. You've really made my day!

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Re: WTF?

His evidence--stay with me here--is that the former head of the NSA just started a very expensive security consultancy when he, Mr. Former NSA Head, has no other particularly valuable knowledge apart from--wait for it--the inner workings of the NSA's highly-classified operations. Some people, I'm not saying me personally, but some people might find this fact a little bit suspicious.

Cue the usual ad hominem from Matt "I <3 Surveillance" Bryant in T minus . . .

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Re: Whereas in Blighty...

This is clearly impossible. I have it on the good authority of The Register commentariat that the United States is the worst country in the world (or indeed the history of the world) and certainly the only place where the government ever does anything pernicious with regard to the rights of its citizens. The Thought Police will be around to administer corrective treatment in the portable Maximum Fun Chamber.

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: is that the stench of a smokescreen I smell?

But you don't understand! If someone likes something I don't, that means they're a shill for the company that makes it! Obviously!

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. . . or not

I recently had the opportunity to use a Surface Pro 2, and my impression is that it's quite zippy. Unfortunately, the screen is too small, the keyboard and trackpad are garbage, and Windows 8 . . . is Windows 8 (I quite like Windows 8 as a desktop operating system once I have effectively purged it of all the unspeakable "don't-call-it-Metro" crapola; ironically, I find it appalling as a tablet OS). $ork is contemplating replacing our laptops with Surface Pros, and there is precisely no way that's going to happen, since I have actual work I need to do. Even if someone gave me one for free, I'm not quite sure what I would do with it; all my non-work related portable content consumption is now done on my phone, and all my work is done on computers with real user interface peripherals.

Microsoft have never been cool, and their recent efforts to strongarm money out of their customers and plant the eye of Sauron in the living room seem clumsy and hamfisted. Their enterprise software and operating systems have drastically improved over the past decade (stop laughing, you there at the back), and they've pushed out occasional decent consumer products, but the overall corporate image is, well, at lot like this:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/01/03

I sort of want Microsoft to succeed, just for the sake of watching the Linux and Apple fanboys froth at the mouth, but even that perversity was not sufficient to make me actually buy a Lumia for my most recent smartphone.

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Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

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Is this . . .

. . . the iEye? Aye!

Right, I'm going . . .

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Google to acquire satellite eye-in-sky Skybox for $500m

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Re: Still "do no evil"?

Don't worry, your tin-foil hat will protect you.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Re: Neither new nor concerning

Yes, we're fine here, you tit, thanks for asking. Not only is our power supply secure after divesting ourselves of the glorious guiding hand of the free market, we have reversed our budget deficit and are running a surplus. On the down side, conservatives like yourself have managed to stave off the inevitability of marijuana legalization and gay marriage because of their deep commitment to a smaller, less intrusive government.

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Re: Or couldn't it just be

Right, because the only difference between any two operating systems is the kernel version.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Came for Matt Bryant butthurt . . .

. . . leaving disappointed.

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